The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling

For better or worse, one of the most discussed and debated topics across the country this past week has been the recent controversy over whether athletes should be taking a knee during the national anthem. The arguments over kneeling were ignited in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to protest racism and police brutality by sitting during the anthem, later changing his strategy and taking a knee instead.


Players who take a knee are protesting racism toward colored people in the United States. SB Nation reports that Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick, wrote in The New York Times “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”  Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling”

LSD/Psilocybin Medical: Should we rethink drug legalization?

At the Department of Public Health in Springfield, Illinois, officials are still sorting through medical marijuana applications that have arrived since Nov. 1, the first day to apply for all Illinois residents with last names beginning with M through Z. Illinois has joined 22 other states that have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, making it evident that public opinion has greatly shifted over the years. Continue reading “LSD/Psilocybin Medical: Should we rethink drug legalization?”

Life is worth living longer

“I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” This phrase is from the original Hippocratic Oath. At what point among humanity, then, did it become acceptable to play God and decide when life no longer had value? When did it become appropriate to comply with the request of a sick patient to provide a suicide pill? Continue reading “Life is worth living longer”

Subway eats the competition at BHC

Subway is number one when it comes to supplying sub sandwich shops that provide a quality product and they get big time athletes and celebrities to market their food. Subway’s slogan promotes fit and healthy meals that aren’t as bad for you as many other fast food chains. Black Hawk College has been home to a Subway Restaurant since the contract was signed in August 2011, when subway struck a sneaky deal that would become a great business idea, but we should make room for other fast food chains to set up shop at BHC. Continue reading “Subway eats the competition at BHC”

Cat-Dog Fight for Peace

Reading about the Ukraine-Russia conflict feels like listening to my children fight. There’s a lot of he-said, she-said flying back and forth, and it’s not always easy to determine who’s being truthful. Perhaps both parties are exaggerating the evidence and neither of them is telling the truth. It’s frustrating, and sometimes a bit confusing to listen to, but ignoring the facts won’t make them go away. Continue reading “Cat-Dog Fight for Peace”

In Defense of Euthanasia

nomouthIf a person has a terminal disease and as a result faces immense, inescapable suffering, then he or she should be allowed to take the necessary steps to end this suffering—even if it entails doctor-assisted suicide. To disallow this process would prolong the suffering of individuals and completely violate their bodily autonomy. We would require good Continue reading “In Defense of Euthanasia”

Conned By Karma

The wisdom of Dogbert.

The platitude that “what goes around comes around” has traction in both western culture and eastern religions, and this pernicious thought is often what can be identified as karma. It’s a tenet of many eastern religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Likewise, it’s a popular belief among many westerners who may or may not subscribe to any other claims of the previous religions. This is not surprising, however, as the crux of karma has its roots in the cognitive bias known as the “just-world hypothesis,” which transcends culture.

For the sake of clarity, I am defining “karma” as the claim that one’s moral (or immoral) actions will later result in a desirable (or undesirable if immoral) consequence imparted on the actor. Continue reading “Conned By Karma”